Friday Dental News Roundup

Happy Friday and welcome back to all of our Roundup readers! Join us as we take a look at some of the great stories trending in the dental industry this week. First, we have a breaking news story on Britain’s implementation of a national ranking system for dentists. We also have an article on how to fire a patient and an informative piece on how dentists should be more informed about sealants. Our last article for the week, talks of the possibility that Google’s local listings will soon be a paid advertising product. Read each article and let us know what you think – we would love to hear!

EXCLUSIVE: New system to root out rotten dentists
Britain has created a new national ranking system to help weed out the country’s worst dentists. Under the proposal, dentists will be given Ofsted-style ratings allowing current and potential patients to identify the best and worst practices. 1,000 practices will be visited and will be rated from inadequate to outstanding.

When do you say enough is enough – and fire a dental patient?
Every dental office has the same handful of patients they dread having to treat because of their disrespectful behavior. These patients are often the chronic no-show, the emotional vampire, the patient you cannot please or the patient that is never on time and according to this article — these patients are the kind your practice should fire. Taking action against these patients will benefit your practice in the long run by saving you time, money and employee morale.

JADA study: Dentists need to be better informed about sealants
A study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association has found that while dentists have adopted the use of dental sealants in their practice as a preventative measure, and have had positive attitudes about using them, their clinical knowledge about the appropriate use of sealants was low. According to the authors of the study, there are a number of factors that are contributing to this lack of knowledge including concerns about accurate tooth selection, poor retention rates and many more.

Will Your Dental Practice Google Local Listings Soon Be A Paid Advertising Product?
According to the Social Dental Network, dentists will soon have to pay for a spot on the local map listings on Google. What leads SDN to this revelation? Take a look through their three reasons. First, Google’s local search environment is valuable real estate. Two, the local ecosystem is polluted. And finally, paid search equals new patients. Read on for more information and learn how Google’s advertising opportunities could help your practice’s internet presence.

Have you ever had to fire a dental patient from your practice? How did you go about the situation?


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